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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bid High & Bid Often!

Lucky 13! It’s hard to believe that this will be my 13th ISPA Foundation Auction.  It has certainly grown over the years not just in size but in the uniqueness of the items.  I love this event.  Once a year throughout the week of the premier ISPA Conference I “run” around the Auction area and showcase the amazing donations that individuals/companies from around the world have so generously given to support the efforts of the ISPA Foundation.

The excitement leading up to and during the Live Auction is infectious.  When live auctioneer Lawrence Biscontini shouts "going once, going twice, SOLD," and you are the last bidder, you find yourself in the grip of pure exhilaration. Then the applause from those standing around roars through the hall, because they too share in your excitement.

Do you know how some of the contributions to the Foundation are used? By supporting the ISPA Foundation through the Live and Silent Auctions, you join in its on-going efforts to foster growth and professionalism in the next generation of spa professionals. Last year at the Live Auction, three past scholarship winners were present, still radiating from the glow of being immersed into some of the most exciting careers the spa industry has to offer.

In addition to scholarships, the Foundation has released cutting edge research designed to help you as a spa professional. So, as you’re walking around the Auction in October making notes on your catalogue, keep this in mind – It’s  bigger than just securing the best deal for yourself; you’re also helping to secure the future of the industry and assist some of the brightest young minds to become ready to make a difference in the spa industry.

Lastly, please consider donating an item to the Auction. Weekend packages; items indigenous to your area; fabulous jewelry and one-of-a-kind pieces are always a hit. Without generous donations, there wouldn’t be an Auction. So this year, commit to something wonderful and watch the excitement as someone walks away with it with a smiling face.

Hey, and while you’re in Vegas, say hello. You’ll probably recognize me. I’ll be the one dropping clichés such as “Do you know how to win this item? Place a bid that is over the retail value, that’s how.” Or “Bid high and bid often!”

See you in Vegas baby!!!

Keith Howard
Auction Consultant


Would you like to donate an item to the ISPA Foundation Live or Silent Auctions? Download a copy of the Auction Donor form or check out the various item categories and descriptions.

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